University of St. Thomas professor accused of abusing girl resigns

By Jean Hopfensperger
Star Tribune
September 17, 2014

The Rev. Michael Keating said he was resigning in light of "employment options and long-standing goals."

The Rev. Michael Keating, sued last year for allegedly sexually abusing a Twin Cities girl more than a decade ago, has resigned from his teaching position at the University of St. Thomas.

Keating, a full-time faculty member in the Department of Catholic Studies at St. Thomas since 2005, took a leave of absence last fall.

The university website posted his letter of resignation Tuesday.

“After careful consideration of my current situation in light of my employment options and long-standing goals, I have decided to resign my faculty position with the University of St. Thomas effective immediately,” wrote Keating.

“I have greatly enjoyed my time at the university and take with me fond memories of the St. Thomas community,” Keating wrote.


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